As you’ve surely seen in the news today Mauna Loa erupted at 11:30 p.m. last night and there is lava flowing.
We are monitoring the situation but the eruption is on an unpopulated area of the island in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and no as of now the Kona area is unaffected. Although officials in the area of the volcano are warning residents to be prepared and everyone should stay vigilant and monitor the situation.
Otherwise operations in the Kona area have been running smoothly all day.
We will keep you updated if there are any changes and if you are a current guest we will send text messages.
There’s been a lot of rumors about changes to the Safe Travels Hawaii program (and travel updates for the Big Island/Hawaii overall) so we want to clear some things up.
Thanks to decreasing case numbers and the islands good vaccinations rates the Governor has decided not to require boosters in order to be fully vaccinated/up to date as was being discussed. Basically nothing changes in that regard. When traveling to Hawaii you need to upload your vaccination papers to the Travel Hawaii Website or provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of your flight. This is all to avoid the 5-day quarantine.
On the island be respectful of the local businesses and the rules they have in place!
There are some rumors that if things continuing going as they are (fingers crossed!) even more restrictions and perhaps the program as a whole will be set aside by Spring but for now the Safe Travel Program is still in effect. We’ve come to learn that the easiest, best way to travel is to make sure you follow the instructions on the site and take care of everything before you get on the plane!
We will keep you updated as travel updates for the Big Island and Hawaii change! We hope to see you on the island soon… As always safe travels!
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Below are some upcoming holiday events in Kona to help you celebrate and enjoy the season Kona Style!
Lanihau’s Holiday Market is tomorrow (Saturday December 4th)!
There will be crafts, live music, sidewalk sales and other fun things not to mention pictures with Santa (from 10-1 per the website). The fees from this event are donated to the Donkey Mill Art Center so you can enjoy the Hawaii Holiday spirit all for a good cause.
Go for a Christmas Stroll at Kekuaokalani on Saturday, December 11th from 5:30-7:30!
This event will feature food trucks (yum), crafts, parade floats and live music as well as Santa 🙂 Check out the website for more information and directions as it’s out by the old Airport and strongly suggested to bring a flashlight for strolling. *They will also be accepting canned food for donations.
Hawaiian Holiday Arts and Crafts on December 11th & 12th from 8-4!
Enjoy locally made arts and crafts, gift shopping and live music! Not only will you be supporting local but this event takes place at Keoki’s South Kona Grindz and breakfast and lunch specials will be available 🙂
We wanted to make you aware of an on-going deal through Viator for visitors to all the Islands of 20% on bookings for popular island activities everything from star tours, snorkeling, helicopter trips, dolphin watching etc.
So long as you follow the link provided and book through them. No code is needed just book at checkout. It’s a great offer to take advantage of in order to add to the fun of your trip.
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As of November 15 the Big Island has been open and welcoming travelers back for a month! With a months hindsight we want to answer some questions about what traveling to Hawaii is like in the time of COVID.
So far we haven’t had any issues with our travelers not having their tests on time or being accepted. (Knock on wood!) Gauging how long it takes at the airport, of course, depends on crowds so it’s impossible to say for sure. But taking into account not only time for the test but also the usual baggage claim, car rental, etc its estimated at 2 hours at most. But like we said it’s dependent on days, times and crowds!
It’s a huge help to have all required travel forms completed prior to your arrival! All the forms and relevant information can be found at Safe Travels Hawaii.
We are required to notify each complex of arrivals and departures so ask that you keep us informed of your flight info prior to arrival. If you are looking for further information on the complexes, resorts or local business we can answer any questions or put you in touch with the right people.
Also we have noted some airlines are cancelling flights. We can be flexible with your dates and if you need to subtract or add days to make the flight work out we can work with you, just make sure you keep in touch so we can accommodate your changes as best we can.
SOCIAL DISTANCING & MASKS
Traveling to Hawaii in the time of COVID does mean following all the local travel regulations. While the islands are open this is definitely an important part of allowing tourism to continue and keeping everyone healthy and safe. We ask that you socially distance while out and about and follow the local mask mandates and any business rules they ask you to adhere to.
CANCELLATION & POLICY
As we know very well things remain up in the air and ever changing we remain flexible on cancellation policies as well as reservation deposits, credits and date changes.
Please call or email for more information or if you have any further questions about travel to Kona.
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If you’re still looking for accommodations for the upcoming IRON MAN EVENT check out Dolphin House on our website! Unfortunately it’s designated occupant can’t make the journey so this beautiful home is once again available for a very lucky guests!
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There are a multitude of adventures to have in Kona and on the Big Island:
Take a submarine tour
Volcano Tours (Adventures with Lava!)
Biking, Hiking, Segue Waying, Flying
Private & Group Tours
Whatever the Kona Coast provides we’ve got a tour for you! 🙂
You can even book airport greetings!
Now Kona Vacation Rentals can book your adventure for you! Just let us know what you are looking for and we can find and book the best Island Adventures available so that everything is ready for your Kona Trip!
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Don’t forget the Big Island Chocolate Festival is this starts tomorrow! If you are looking for some fun and some great chocolate it’s a great idea and you can support local Kona businesses at the same time!